Resolution on Vaccine Hesitancy
In a resolution (Tuesday March 20th) MEPs stated their concern that current evidence shows gaps in vaccine coverage and hesitancy among the public to be vaccinated against vaccine preventable diseases. They are worried this will result in the public not being adequately protected. They also noted that the consequences of vaccine hesitancy has already resulted in measles outbreaks in European countries. That assumption fails however, to recognise standard epidemiological facts.
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The EFVV (European Forum for Vaccine Vigilance) is an alliance of member-organisations and individual members from 25 European countries. Our member-organisations consist of consumer groups and pro-choice groups whose members in turn include medical professionals and scientists. Their combined memberships exceed 100,000. We call on all Europeans to stand together in a demand for a united vaccination policy based on freedom of choice and informed consent. We believe that mandatory vaccination is not only a serious risk but a violation of human rights and dignity. We therefore demand transparency and caution as well as recognition and concern for the many vaccine-injured in Europe and beyond.